John Spillane

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      Particulars

      Dr. John Spillane is currently a lecturer in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast; specialising in Construction Management. As founder and programme director for the MSc Building Information Modelling Project Management, this provides an apt opportunity to apply knowledge gained from extensive industry orientated research into academic teaching in class. Having completed a Diploma, a BSc (Hons), an MSc and PhD, this complements teaching, particularly on both the MSc in Building Information Modelling Project Management and the MSc in Construction & Project Management; while also studing for an Executive MBA at UCD's Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. With extensive industry experience as a project manager working on a wide variety of projects, both in Ireland and the UK, a broad and in-depth level of industry experience has been attained. As a chartered member of the CIOB and full member of the APM, links between industry and academic partners are maintained and utilised with the view of aiding further development of the built environment. As an active researcher, who continues to publish in high quality peer-reviewed journal and conference papers on a wide variety of subjects including confined site construction, building information modelling (BIM), material management, personnel management, dispute resolution, expatriate assignment and disaster management; further disseminating key findings throughout the construction sector.

      Research Interests

      Current research emphasis is on Building Information Modelling (BIM), where a TSB grant, a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Fusion InterTrade Ireland projects are in progress with industry partners. Further international research, supported by the British Council in Vietnam, has resulted in two grants with the National University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi on Sustainable Construction Management. Research in the area of confined site construction and urban development, in conjunction with procurement are also ongoing, resulting in high quality publications.

       

      Research Grants:

      • 2014-2017- £650,736 TSB - CR&D Competition with Balfour Beatty (Co-investigator) “Supply Chain Collaborative BIM System for Minimising Construction Waste in Design”
      • 2013-2015 - £126,277, (Principle Investigator) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with Ostick and Williams Architects Ltd on Building Information Modelling (BIM)
      • 2013-2015 - £28,500, (Principle Investigator) Intertrade Ireland: Fusion Project with 3rd Dimension on Building Information Modelling (BIM)
      • 2014-2016 - £127,737, (Principle Investigator) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with WDR & RT Taggart on Building Information Modelling (BIM)
      • 2014-2015 - £31,000, (Principle Investigator) British Council (Vietnam) with the National University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi on Sustainable Construction Management
      • 2014-2016 - £42,750, (Principle Investigator) Intertrade Ireland: Fusion Project with Kilcawley Construction Limited on Building Information Modelling (BIM)
      • 2015-2017 - £135,608, (Principle Investigator) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with J.J. Rhatigan (UK) Ltd. on Building Information Modelling (BIM)
      • 2015-2016 - £60,000, (Co-Investigator) British Council (Vietnam) with the National University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi on Sustainable Architecture and Planning
      • 2015-2017 - £125,558, (Principle Investigator) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with Ostick and Williams Architects Ltd on Sustainable Facilities Management in Design using Building Information Modelling (BIM)
      • 2015-2017 - £44,250, (Principle Investigator) Intertrade Ireland: Fusion Project with Savvy Kitchens Limited on Virtual Reality in Design
      • 2015-2017 - £125,558, (Principle Investigator) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with Pentagon Solutions on the Integration of Facilities Management Software in Building Information Modelling (BIM)
      • 2015-2017 - £127,499, (Principle Investigator) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with the McAvoy Group on Building Information Modelling (BIM)
      • 2016-2017 - £31,000, (Principle Investigator) Intertrade Ireland: Fusion Project with Excel Electrical on Building Information Modelling
      • 2017-2020 - £189,922, (Principle Investigator) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with Graham Construction on Virtual Reality in Construction
      • 2017-2020 - £190,637, (Principle Investigator) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with Woodvale Construction on Laser Scanning for the restoration of listed and historic buildings.
      • 2017-2020 - £188,012, (Principle Investigator) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with Ostick and Williams Architects Ltd. enhancing graphical architectural representations using Virtual and Augmented Reality.
      • 2017-2018 - £59,100, (Principal Investigator) Higher Education Partnership Initiative with the National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE), Hanoi, Vietnam, by developing Building Information Modelling in Vietnam through the emergence and delivery of professional training courses and sustainable partnerships with industry.

      PhD Supervision:

      • Daniel Clarke-Hagan "Early Implementation of BIM in Architectural Firms: Whole Life Costing and Lean Construction" (Full-time) [Principal Investigator]
      • Paul Tansey: "Response Strategies of Irish and British Construction Contractors to the Global Economic Recession 2008 – 2013" (Part-time) [Principal Investigator]
      • Michael Curran: "Urban Development and effective External Stakeholder Management: Issues and Response Strategies" (Full-time) [Principal Investigator]
      • Tara Brooks: "Motivation of the Project Management Team in Confined Construction Site Environments: Critical Success Factors in achieving zero defects" (Part-time) [Principal Investigator]
      • John Bruen: "Affordable Sustainable Housing in Developing Countries" (Part-time) [Principal Supervisor)

      Teaching

      Founder and Programme Director of the MSc in Building Information Modelling Project Management

      Creator, module coordinator and lecturer on Building Information Modelling in Practice, Strategic Management and BIM Integration and Technical BIM Implementation on the MSc programme in Building Information Modelling Project Management at Queen’s University Belfast.

      Module coordinator and lecturer on Contract Law, Tort & Evidence and Dispute Resolution on both the MSc in Building Information Modelling Project Management and the Msc in Construction & Project Management at Queen’s University Belfast.

      Coordinator for both London and Toronto fieldtrips on the MSc programme in Construction & Project Management.

      Also dissertation supervisor for numerous students annually on both MSc programmes with in excess of 70 students supervised to completion to date.

      Achievements and Distinctions

      Through our KTP with Ostick + Williams Architects and Planners, we were shortlisted for Best SME Newcomer in the RICS BIM4SME Awards 2015 competition.

      2016 BIM4SME Award with Ostick + Williams for "BIM level 2 Implementation"

      Shortlisted for the Irish BIM innovation Awards 2016 with the McAvoy Group

      Recognised on a Queen's University Belfast student pole under a survey highlighting "Your Favourite Queen's Lecturers"

      Nominated for a QUB PhD Supervisory Excellence Award for work done on PhD supervision

      Presented with the Paul Townsend Commemorative Award for the research paper "From Crisis to Opportunity: Turnaround Strategies of Large Irish Construction Contractors during the period 2007-2015" at the 2016 ARCOM Conference in Manchester, England

      Presented with the David Langford Commemorative Award for the research paper "Does Inappropriate Quality Control Demotivate Workers? A Literature Review" at the 2016 ARCOM Conference in Manchester, England

      Member of the ARCOM Conference Organising Committee

      Member of the Schools Research Ethics Committee and the Schools International Group, developing links with our international partners. Chair of the SPACE BIM Working Group

      Research coordinator in Construction Management

      External Subject Expert on Building Information Modelling

      External Examiner on a number of Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes throughout the UK and Ireland

      Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB), the Association for Project Management (MAPM), the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has attained the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

      Reviewer for a number of journals including Automation in Construction, Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction and International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, to name but a few. Also a reviewer for the RICS COBRA Conference

      Guest speaker at various institutes and universities on building information modelling (BIM), urban confined site construction, sustainable construction management and urban policy; some of which include the National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE) Vietnam, University College Cork, University Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo and Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

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